One of the best opportunities on campus!

The crème de la crème of the Barnard dorms  (certainly the best of the 600s), 620 has it all: roomy singles, nice views, and…drafty windows? Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Seniors, make this last year your best. Go for 620. 

Location: 620 W 116th St (between Broadway and Riverside)

Nearby dorms: 600, 616, The Quad, Schapiro, Woodbridge, Claremont

Stores and restaurants: Shake Shack, Pret, Sweetgreen, Morton Williams, Halal Cart

Cost: Rates have yet to be announced for the 2018-2019 academic year


  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own bathroom.
  • AC/Heating: You’re out of luck: 620 has no AC and not-great radiators.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Every suite has a pretty sizable kitchen with a gas/oven stove, a sink, and a full refrigerator. There’s also lots of cabinet space, and in some lucky suites, room for a table and chairs so you get that home-y vibe.
  • Laundry: Located in the basement, six washers and six dryers that are pretty much available.
  • Fire Escapes: Yes.
  • Gym: The Barnard gym is pretty close, and Dodge isn’t that far, but it’ll feel like it in winter.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty decent elevators and one staircase.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: The floors are black linoleum, which can be kind of uncomfortable and ugly, so invest in some cute carpets and rugs.

Room variety:

The number of singles/doubles per suite depends on the floors, and the number of people per suite ranges from 4-7. The first four floors have both doubles and singles in suites, and above that they are 4-5 person suites made up of singles. These are unsurprisingly usually snatched up by seniors, while underclassman occupy the lower floors, with 2/3 doubles and 1/3 singles per suite.

Bwog recommendation:

620 is a great housing option with privacy and decent space, which is why it’s so popular with seniors (if you don’t get Sulz Tower). The location is very conveniently located near both Barnard/Columbia campuses, although the hill can get old. It has less of a dorm and more of an apartment feel – closer to 110 than the Quad in terms of the College Experience™.

Resident opinions:

“Close to the subway, great kitchen, occasional bugs though.”
“The windows are beautiful and let in a lot of natural light (get ready for some prime selfies), but also a bit of cold.”
“I love having so much kitchen space. It makes having meals here really nice, but even if you don’t like cooking, the dining halls are close as well!”